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GIFT IDEAS: For Your First Anniversary

Updated on October 26, 2014
Jar of Romantic Notes
Jar of Romantic Notes | Source

Jar of Paper Notes

Favorite memories, favorite qualities of your loved ones, the favorite jokes you've shared...the possibilities are endless. Great for an anniversary on a budget, and it's a gift that will be treasured for years to come. If you do a 365 reasons like this blogger did, start a tradition of opening and reading one of them a day. By the time you finish, it's time for your next anniversary!

Paper Chandelier
Paper Chandelier | Source

Paper Chandelier

Okay, so you have to be a certain kind of person (with a certain kind of budget) for this one. But if you are? This is pretty cool.

Personalized Handmade Leather Journal
Personalized Handmade Leather Journal | Source

Personalized Journal

A journal is an obvious present for the writer in your life. Take it up a notch with a unique notebook personalized with your names. They'll think of you every time they write. Bonus? Include a nice pen.

Sports Tickets
Sports Tickets | Source


Tickets--for a play, a sporting event, a museum, a romantic vacation--are a great way to pay homage to the paper tradition in a way that's special just to the two of you.

Paper Lamp
Paper Lamp | Source

Paper Lamp

If you're trying to avoid kitschy, there's plenty of home d├ęcor that doesn't scream "paper," some of it from major retailers like Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Ikea. | Source

Origami Wedding Outfit Poster

Describe what you two were wearing on your wedding day, and she'll make a custom origami print just for you. She does same-sex couples, too, of course! Called, naturally, for Him/Him or Her/Her.


PostSecret: Extraordinary Secrets from Ordinary Lives
PostSecret: Extraordinary Secrets from Ordinary Lives | Source

Coffee Table Book

The possibilities here are limitless; pick something the two of you have in common, like a book of photos from a city you love, or show your loved one how much you pay attention by snagging one on a topic that's important to them.

Paper Earrings

DIY Paper Jewelry

Make your own paper jewelry! It's not so hard, and it's infinitely more personal than buying something pre-made...not that that's necessarily a bad idea. There is some really nice paper jewelry out there.

Paper Anniversary Card
Paper Anniversary Card | Source

Cut-paper Anniversary Card

Have a different, non-paper present in mind? Include a nod to the theme by giving it with a paper-themed card, like this one.

And You Can Always...

Write your loved one a story or poem--especially if it's handwritten. There's no more personal way to show them how much you care, and it won't cost you a cent.

First Wedding Anniversary Ideas

What are your feelings on themed anniversaries?

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      Modestly Glorify Him 10 months ago from Passaic, NJ

      Cool ideas! Great way to keep the fire burning.

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      Beena P 2 years ago

      My sister's partner got her a gift certificate for an anniversary sundial that sits on her window sill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines. When she had it made she had a special date line added that the sundial shadow follows on their anniversary each year, and each summer we all watch the shadow as it gets closer and closer to their special day. I am babysitting her kids this morning and they are playing in the rainbows on the floor made by the little sundial in the family room window, and I think it was a wonderful gift, something symbolic that has become an important part of their home and family life together!

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      Charlie Casie 2 years ago

      I love the paper jewelery. Very nice. I have one to add. My Dreamlines can sketch her wedding dress and bouquet, suit, pet..they can go do it all. My sister has one from the 1 year anniversary. Turned out amazing!